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Trust me when I say… you’ll want to put this easy keto thousand island dressing recipe on everything! Yes, my low carb sugar-free thousand island dressing is perfect on keto friendly salads, but there is no shortage of other ways to enjoy it. (I have some ideas for you further below.) And even better, this homemade thousand island dressing comes together with just 6 ingredients – that you probably already have – in just 5 minutes.
We already have a few keto salad dressing recipes on the blog, including ranch, blue cheese, and caesar. I love making them as part of my keto meal planning! But this healthy thousand island dressing recipe is the first standalone post for a sweet dressing – without sugar, of course. And it’s so good!
What Is 1000 Island Dressing Made Of?
Homemade thousand island dressing recipes are made up of a simple combination of mayonnaise, ketchup, vinegar, sweetener, pickles, and onions!
It may sound odd, but it comes together for a sweet, sour, and creamy dressing, all in one.
Keto Thousand Island Dressing Ingredients
Keto 1000 Island dressing is not that different from other varieties – we just need to use a keto sweetener and make sure our other ingredients don’t have hidden sugars. You’ll need:
- Mayonnaise – I like to make my own avocado oil mayo like this, but you could also use store-bought avocado oil mayo.
- Sugar-free ketchup – Same thing here, you can make homemade keto ketchup or purchase one like this.
- Keto sweetener – Be sure to use a powdered one, so that your dressing isn’t gritty. I recommend powdered monk fruit allulose blend, which dissolves better than others.
- Apple cider vinegar – Otherwise white vinegar works fine as well.
- Dill pickles – Check the label to ensure no sugar added.
- Minced onion
The amount of each ingredient is on the recipe card below.
How To Make Thousand Island Dressing
There’s just one simple step to make this recipe for sugar free thousand island dressing… just whisk everything together! Your dressing will be ready as fast as you can gather your ingredients.
Low Carb Thousand Island Dressing FAQs
Is thousand island dressing keto?
Many thousand island dressing recipes are sweetened with sugar, so they wouldn’t be keto. This keto friendly thousand island dressing is sweetened with Besti Powdered Monk Fruit Allulose Blend – no sugar or carbs added!
Each serving (2 tablespoons) of this sugar free thousand island dressing recipe has just 0.7 grams net carbs.
Is thousand island dressing dairy free?
Yes, keto thousand island dressing is dairy free! While it tastes and looks extra-creamy, it doesn’t contain any dairy. The mayonnaise makes it ultra-creamy, all on its own.
Can I use a different sweetener?
Yes, but it has to be powdered. Granulated sweeteners make dressings gritty.
My top recommendations for the best thousand island dressing are powdered monk fruit sweetener with allulose and powdered allulose, because they dissolve better than other sweeteners. Most keto sweeteners (including many brands of monk fruit) contain erythritol, which tastes good but does not dissolve very well, and sometimes can crystallize when you store it.
If you use something other than what is on the recipe card, use the keto sweetener conversion calculator to determine the amount. (You could also just start with less and adjust to taste.)
You could also make thousand island dressing without sweetener altogether, but it won’t taste like this type of dressing typically does. The sweetness definitely balances out the salty flavors.
Sugar-Free Thousand Island Dressing Storage Instructions
Can you make it ahead?
Yes, you can and should make homemade 1000 island dressing recipe ahead! The flavors develop as it sits. I recommend at least 30 minutes before eating if possible, but you could make it a few days in advance.
How to store low carb thousand island dressing
Store it in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.
Can you freeze thousand island dressing?
Yes, you can actually freeze sugar-free thousand island dressing for 2-3 months. The texture is not quite the same as fresh, though, since it contains mayo.
If you freeze it, thaw in the fridge and give it a good whisk before using.
What To Serve With Thousand Island Dressing
If you like this sugar-free thousand island dressing recipe… you’ll want to put it on everything! Here are a few ideas:
- Chef Salad – Obviously a classic choice for homemade thousand island dressing, you’ll love this healthy and easy salad.
- Juicy Burger – In-N-Out Burger fans, this one is for you! Make your own animal style burgers at home.
- Big Mac Salad – Extra special sauce? Yes, please! (Did you know the special sauce is actually thousand island?)
- Keto Chicken Tenders – A bit unconventional, but you’ll be surprised how well this dressing goes with (keto) breaded chicken.
- Keto Fries – Turns out that sugar-free thousand island dressing also makes a great dip for fries. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Tools To Make Homemade Thousand Island Dressing
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- Glass Jars – Make your keto thousand island right in the jar, for prep and storage in one. Plus, I love that they don’t have any markings for a clean look.
- Salad Dressing Storage Containers – These little containers are perfect for keto meal prep, picnics, or taking lunch to work or school.
Low Carb Keto Thousand Island Dressing Recipe
Low Carb Keto Thousand Island Dressing Recipe
Make your own homemade keto thousand island dressing in just 5 minutes. This EASY, sugar-free low carb thousand island dressing recipe needs just 6 simple ingredients!
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Serving size: 2 tbsp
Makes 1 1/2 cups.
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Keto 1000 Island dressing this is delicious! I left out the sweetener but otherwise the same. Thank you so much!
So good! I had made homemade chipotle mayo so I used that for 3/4 cup and sour cream for 1/4 cup. So delicious! Thank you!
I like adding some finely chopped/diced celery to this recipe.
This is my go-to recipe for Thousand Island Dressing. Love it in Reuben Sandwiches/Wraps, and Reuben in a Bowl recipes. So delicious! Thank you!
This dressing was fantastic! The rest of my family was having grilled hamburgers for dinner & I didn’t feel like making something different for myself & heat up the house, so I decided to make a salad version with chopped hamburger on top. However, I didn’t have a suitable salad dressing on hand, so I quickly went online, found this recipe & thought it sounded perfect! I used what I had on hand: Primal Kitchen unsweetened ketchup & avocado oil mayo, and prepared dill relish instead of pickles. For the sweetener, I only had Stevia & Monk Fruit single-serve packets & used 4 in the recipe (they are made to look & taste like real sugar, so I added the vinegar to the sweetener and they dissolved perfectly!) Then I added the rest of the ingredients and blended with a whisk – it was absolutely delicious & was just what my hamburger salad needed!! Thanks so much for the recipe!
Do you think it would taste as good if i used the bottom of a green onion instead of white? Trying to avoid a trip to the store! Lol
Wholesome Yum D0
Hi Mandi, That should work!
Love this recipe! I just ate a salad for breakfast because I wanted the dressing again after having it for dinner last night!
The only thing I would add next time would be some caraway to add the rye flavor. Pretty tasty.
I love this dressing so much! I used dried minced onion and a tiny bit of onion powder. Also added a little extra diced pickles. Yum!!
Awesome recipe! It’s delicious! I didn’t use minced onions. Thank you for sharing!
Great Recipe! I use it on everything. I am a heavy dressing guy, so this works perfectly. I know the serving size is only 2 tbsp, but I typically put 4tbsp on my salads (1/4 cup) so at least than 2 carbs, this is great!
Could the minced onions be lightly sautéed and cooled or use onion powder? Post chemo no longer have enzyme to breakdown raw onion.
Wholesome Yum M0
Hi Jennifer, Yes, absolutely! The flavor will be a bit mellow compared to the original recipe, but it will still taste great! Enjoy.
This is totally delicious. I don’t know when I’ll stop topping my salad with it. I’ve been having a salad every day just so I can enjoy this salad dressing with it. Thanks a million for this recipe!
Delish added some lemon juice about a teaspoon and a half, and used dill relish instead of the pickle very very good
I made this recipe. I used Dukes’ mayonaise. I used Aldi’s ketchup with contains no sugar.
I only used 1Tbsp Swerve. This is too sweet Would you know how to calm the sweetness down? If no I’ll have to toss out and try again.
It’s easy to make, just need one that isn’t sweet.
Wholesome Yum M0
Hi Dee, You could make the recipe a second time without the sweetener and mix them together. That should even out the sweetness level.
Can I use white vinegar or red wine vinegar? I don’t like apple cider vinegar.
Wholesome Yum M0
Hi Alissa, Yes, either of those will work. Enjoy!
I don’t have the monk sweetener. Can I replace with swerve?
Wholesome Yum M0
Hi Maggie, Allulose really works best as it can dissolve in liquids where other sweeteners don’t. The brand you have will work, but there may be some grittiness in the dressing. Make sure you are using the powdered version to get the best possible results with what you have.
This recipe promised and delivered! I used as a dipping sauce for chicken and going to try making a Big Mac salad! Love your recipes and just bought your cookbook and Besti product on Amazon!
This is one of my favorite ways to use up mayo that has been in the fridge a little two long and I find I actually prefer a Big Mac salad to one with bread these days. I like it sweeter so I add a little powdered erythritol sweetener. Raw onion bothers my stomach, so I add some spices to replace the sharpness: onion powder, paprika and garlic powder. Sugar free sweet pickles are good too, esp. homemade fridge pickles with stevia. Condiments are such overcharged (when compared to ingredients) hidden sugar purchases! Learning from you with regards to mayo, catsup and coconut aminos has me making so many condiments like 1000 Island dressing, tartar sauce (with lime), BBQ sauce and teriyaki sauce. They are fresh, sugar free, sodium-reduced and overall more organic at reasonable prices with acids in less contact with plastic/resins and other hidden estrogens. Thank you for your ongoing expertise.
Is it a big difference if I leave out dill pickle? I need to cut sodium, I don’t want to buy a whole jar just for a small amount of chopped dill pickle.
I do have an opened jar of capers, Can I sub that?
Wholesome Yum M0
Hi Judy, Obviously the overall flavor will be different if you omit the pickle. I think capers would make a great replacement for the pickle. Enjoy!
Okay, I really want to know how the capers turned out because I loathe pickles.
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I haven’t had Thousand Island dressing for years, I think the store-bought kind just didn’t taste great. This makes me want to make a salad right now with your dressing on top.
This is so delicious! This is my new go to recipe for 1000 Island!
This came together so fast and was good, it’s definitely going to become a regular in my meal prep rotation!
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Thousand island dressing is amazing. Love that yours is low carb!